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Passages of the Montreal Steamship Company from April 16, 1863 - December 2, 1863

(from the Sessional Papers, 27 Victoria 1864 (1))
Return of Passages, number of Passengers and Cargoes of the Steamships of the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company, under Contract for the conveyance of the

Mails from Liverpool to Quebec, and from Quebec to Liverpool, for the season of St. Lawrence Navigation, from 16th April, 1863, to 2nd December, 1863.



Steamship
Captain Left

Liverpool



Arrived

at Quebec

Passage

Passengers
Freight in

Tons



Left Quebec
Arrived Liverpool Passage Passengers
Days Hours Days Hours  
Norwegian McMaster Apr 23 May 8 14 1 500 420 May 16 May 28 10 3 79
Bohemian Borland Apr 30 May 14 13 17 608 364 May 23 June 3 11 3 64
North American Dutton May 7 May 22 14 16 435 462 May 30 June 11 12 1 214
Hibernian Ballantine May 14 May 25 10 16 456 469 June 6 June 18 12 3 80
Jura Aiton
(sometimes listed as Alton)
May 21 June 1 10 18 514 308 June 13 June 24 11 4 86
Nova-Scotian Graham May 28 June 12 14 6 543 392 June 20 July 2 12 6 192
Norwegian McMaster June 4 (see) ---- ---- 189 570 June 27 July 12 14 16 65
Bohemian Borland June 11 June 23 11 9 272 444 July 4 July 16 12 2 131
North American Dutton June 18 July 1 13 23 224 527 July 11 July 23 12 2 45
Hibernian Ballantine June 23 July 7 11 7 348 617 July 18 July 29 10 20 84
Jura Aiton July 2 July 15 12 7 301 484 July 25 Aug 5 11 9 65
Nova-Scotian Graham July 9 July 22 12 8 293 753 Aug 1 Aug 13 12 8 53
Damascus Brown July 16 July 29 12 6 278 634 Aug 8 Aug 20 11 18 43
America Cook July 23 Aug 4 11 20 212 448 Aug 15 Aug 27 12 12 61
Bohemian Borland July 30 Aug 11 17 11 265 1571 Aug 22 Sept 2 11 5 51
Hibernian Ballantine Aug 6 Aug 18 13 7 301 1375 Aug 29 Sept 7 9 12 80
North American Dutton Aug 13 Aug 27 12 13 237 1197 Sept 5 Sept 15 10 2 67
Jura Aiton Aug 20 Sept 2 12 9 141 1515 Sept 12 Sept 22 9 20 54
Nova Scotian Graham Aug 27 Sept 10 10 18 77 1358 Sept 19 Sept 30 10 22 55
Damascus Brown Sept 3 Sept 18 14 9 89 734 Sept 26 Oct 7 11 6 38
America Hockley Sept 10 Sept 23 13 4 90 404 Oct 3 Oct 15 12 8 47
Bohemian Borland Sept 17 Oct 1 10 8 190 1242 Oct 10 Oct 22 11 21 50
North American Dutton Sept 24 Oct 9 12 12 214 1118 Oct 17 Oct 28 10 22 65
Jura Aiton Oct 1 Oct 13 16 17 185 1112 Oct 24 Nov 3 9 19 90
Hibernian Ballantine Oct 8 Oct 18 15 19 181 1021 Oct 31 Nov 11 11 2 91
Damascus Brown Oct 15 Oct 28 10 20 512 706 Nov 7 Nov 18 10 20 32
Nova Scotian Graham Oct 22 Nov 9 12 - 375 1134 Nov 14 Nov 26 12 14 35
Bohemian Borland Oct 29 Nov 13 10 7 494 1411 Nov 21 Dec 3 12 16 42

Average length of Passage Westward: 12 days and 19 hour
Average length of Passage Eastward: 11 days and 11 hours
Including detention in fogs, ice, and from other causes.


Notes: The Jura was not built for the Allan Line. She was brought in because the Line had lost the Canadian, June 1, 1857; the Indian, Nov 20, 1859, the Hungarian, Feb 2, 1860 and the second Canadian on June 4, 1861. (Appleton, Thomas E. Ravenscrag, The Allan Royal Mail Line. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1974.).

The Jura was a 2,241 gross ton ship, built by J&G Thomson, Glasgow in 1854 for the Cunard Line. Her details were - length 314ft x beam 36ft, clipper stem, one funnel, three masts (rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 11 knots. Launched on June 27, 1854, she arrived at Liverpool from the Clyde on September 26, 1854 and became a Crimean War transport. On March 12, 1857 she sailed under charter to the European & Australian R.M.Line from Southampton to Alexandria and started her last voyage on this service on July 12, 1857. On September 16, 1857 she commenced Cunard sailings between Liverpool, Cork and New York and on February 6, 1861 started her last Liverpool - New York voyage. During this period she made two chartered voyages for the Allan Line between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal, commencing September 6, 1860 and April 11, 1861. She was then purchased by the Allan Line and resumed Liverpool - Canada voyages on October 24, 1861. On November 3, 1864 she was wrecked in the River Mersey with no loss of life. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.144-5] Courtesy of Ted Finch.

"The Norwegian, Captain McMaster, in June, 1863, was totally wrecked on St. Paul's Island, at the entrance of the Gulf. A dense fog was prevailing. The passengers and crew, numbering about 420, were all saved." p. 202 - "The Norwegian and Hibernian, of 2,400 tons each, were launched from Denny's yard in 1861." p. 204 from Steam Navigation by James Croil, 1898.


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